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1955 Willys Jeep Pickup

Classics, SUVs  /   /  By Jim Pickering

Willys Jeep trucks have an unmistakable design, with slotted grilles and upright cabs. Today they seem to have been lost in the CJ and utility wagon shuffle, but nearly 230,000 were built from 1947 to 1965, powered by engines ranging from the 134-ci four-cylinder Go-Devil to the 230-ci six-cylinder Tornado. Initially two- or four-wheel drive was offered, although only four-wheel drive was continued after 1951.

This bright blue truck is reported to have had a recent restoration. The seller says its 226-ci Super Hurricane six and its carburetor have been rebuilt, and its upholstery, paint, door panels, headliner, and window glass are all said to be new. Aftermarket custom touches include KC lamps front and rear, a sound system, and a console on the bench seat. And the electrical system has been upgraded as well, with a GM-style alternator providing 12-volt power to run all the accessories.  New brakes, u-joints, and a rewired undercarriage are all noted too, but the seller does point out a small leak from the rear driveshaft seal that will need to be addressed.

Vintage American trucks continue to be popular in the market, and this one has both go-anywhere prowess as well as a dare-to-be-different look. Good examples have been known to bring between $6,000 and $13,000 in the current market.  See how this one is doing here.

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  1. George December 10, 2010 at 11:23 am Reply

    Love these old Willys. Damn near bought one but ended up with a ’73 FJ40 instead.
    This one is sick!

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